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Second Indeterminate test! What next? Please help
Jan 25, 2013

Prior to breaking up with my girlfriend bout 8 months ago I had consistent unprotected sex. I also had 1 other risk incident with another girl shortly after breaking up with her.

Over the past 4 months, I have been with one partner and I consider her very low risk- she's only been with other one person and no drug history. We started having sex around 11/25. On 12/6 I got an HIV test as part of my physical which came back indeterminate (reactive ELISA, indeterminate WB) I was freaking out mostly because of my risk incidents 8+ months ago so I got an oral rapid test on 12/18 which was negative. I waited 1 month and got another blood test on 1/7. While waiting for the results I took another oral rapid test on 1/14 which was negative again. However today I got my blood test back and the results were the same! (reactive ELISA, indeterminate WB)

I was worried more about the risk incidents 8+ months ago but am I correct in assuming the oral test make it very unlikely I contracted HIV from these events? I'm still freaking out, andto wondering if I should take the Viral load test! Is it possible that this can come out indeterminate as well? Please help! Thank you

Response from Dr. Wohl

I would stop doing rapid tests. It is time to do a viral load. I suspect you are having a false positive result for both the ELISA and Western blot. A viral load that is undetectable will be very reassuring. You should also let further testing be guided by an infectious diseases specialist, preferably at a major medical center.

DW



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